This week I’m celebrating the Cybils Awards for introducing me to books I normally wouldn’t have read.
Here are a couple of standout books…
This was a book I had passed over when it first came out. I thought it was just going to be your typical orphaned-kid-must-now-face-the-world-on-their-own story but, after actually reading it, ended up appreciating it so much more.
The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a book full of surprises. Even when certain things were expected to happen, specific lessons to be be learned, I enjoyed the ride getting there. Loss- and how to rebuild a life after- was tackled very realistically and beautifully.
I also loved the way the different relationships and dynamics were written. I was reminded me how lucky I am for the grandmothers I have!
For someone who doesn’t like historical fiction, nature, and extensive physical labor, I really enjoyed this novel.
It’s always refreshing to me to read about a male protagonist who has no obvious quirk but just is a relatable character going through unusual and life-changing experiences.
It was fascinating to read about a South Appalachian mining town set in the the 80’s- that despite the fact that mining was causing environmental devastation and taking actual physical lives, it was all they knew and they depended on it.
Some might think this is simple or naive but it rang true to me. It made me want to do something good for the planet. Not all books have to make a big loud impact. It can start out small, like a seed, and grow from there.
What are you celebrating this week?